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Samantha Hackney

Affiliate, Nonprofit Effectiveness

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Understanding and empowering communities for self-sustaining change

Guided by the conviction that a more just and equal society will only be possible if those closest to the problems are at the forefront of making the change, Samantha partners with clients to advance and scale social impact through targeted capacity building, and by facilitating intercommunity dialogue and collaboration that inspires action.

Her passion is working with individuals and communities where she can draw on her skills in capacity building, strategy, and communications to customize measurable solutions that are strongly rooted and informed by those directly impacted. Samantha works with clients across the philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate sectors.

At TCC Group:
  • National Wildlife Federation: As a core member of the team, Samantha supported the design and execution of an ecopolitical effort that led four state governors to adopt a voluntary management framework to preserve an iconic environmental watershed and drinking water for millions of people. She also drove the research analysis that illuminated critical insights needed to build an overarching communications and outreach campaign tailored for each state, and smaller regions within each state, while advancing a robust and effective partnership across state lines.
  • The Resource for Education, Advocacy, Communication, and Housing (REACH): Samantha is working with the organization to identify partnerships and programming to expand its unique person-centered and holistic approach to support individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities—and create a world in which all people see themselves and others as valued, integrated members of society. Deploying a wide-reaching sector and stakeholder analysis, she is providing the organization with a sharpened understanding of perspectives from those on the ground and others across the sector working with children and their families. With a wider lens, REACH is seeking to utilize its expertise to elevate the quality of programming by adopting a comprehensive service model, building the capacity of educators and businesses, and supporting parents and people with disabilities to become self-advocates. Samantha is working with REACH to diversify its revenue stream, build strategic partnerships, identify resources, and improve its governance and fundraising capabilities.
  • Urban Resource Institute (URI): Samantha manages all aspects of URI’s strategic planning process, working with leadership to address the question of how to best support New York City’s least well-served populations so that individuals, families, and communities are safe, stable, and set up to thrive. Facilitating conversations between staff, board members, and clients, Samantha enables leadership to determine how URI can best address the root causes of complex social problems such as domestic violence and homelessness by learning from those with lived experiences. Samantha conducts in-depth research and interviews with experts and partners to enhance URI’s person-centered, trauma-informed practices to help vulnerable populations construct their own path to self-sufficiency.
Before TCC Group:
  • Haiti Development Institute (HDI) at The Boston Foundation: Samantha advanced the efforts of the Haiti Development Institute to address inefficiencies in the deployment of philanthropic capital and increase the intended impact of grassroots organizations in Haiti. She led a large grant portfolio of Haitian grassroots nonprofits and facilitated the only conference on philanthropy in Haiti, the Haiti Funders Forum. Samantha also devised a unique three-tiered capacity assessment tool to evaluate the ability of grassroots organizations to affect change in their communities, enabling HDI to effectively function as an advisor for philanthropists and foundations looking to invest in or give to Haitian organizations.
  • Southwest Airlines: Through an extensive materiality assessment informed by focus groups, stakeholder engagement, and real-time feedback, Samantha advised the airline on how best to replicate its successful U.S.-based giving and engagement programs in Latin America. Her recommendations resulted in a successful corporate engagement pilot that addressed the challenges of achieving engagement and loyalty in a new market with hub-specific local contractors, who were not airline employees.
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
    • MALD, International Business and Development Economics
  • Amherst College
    • BA, French
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